Stress can be the enemy. Going for a Job Interview is like going on a first date, but one that just HAS to go well.
You have to look good, feel good and be prepared to impress a stranger about why they should start a relationship with you.
Is your tie straight, are you having a “good hair day…” did you polish your shoes and that car on the Autoroute that you flashed and blew your horn at on the way – was it the person who’ll be sat opposite to you at the interview?
Whatever the situation, the interview stress is a given in the job-hunting process. Actually Job candidates experience stress prior to the interview and during the interview. Today we will focus on some before-interview stress reduction tips I would like to share with you.
Don’t be passive and hope the interview will run smoothly. Take control and manage yourself through the process to give yourself the best opportunity of shining bright. Expect some stress, minimal at best, and find ways to deal with it. With this approach you will not be surprised when you will begin to feel a bit stress.
Here are 9 before-interview stress reduction tips
THE DAYS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
#1 Be incredibly prepared
Like Benjamin Franklin said: ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’.
The preparation is a huge must and I am not talking about looking at the website. A real and deep preparation will help you make the difference and feel confident during the conversation.
Even the greatest candidate can make a really bad first impression if not prepared since it is a proof of self-importance.
#2 Visit the interview office site before the day of the interview
You should avoid the stress of get lost, desperately looking for a parking place or being unable to find the exact entrance of the office. Don’t forget the impact on the traffic the D-Day!
Small difference but big impact! Arrive at the reception with a smile and minus the stress!
#3 Prepare your outfit
Of course, make sure what you plan to wear will be clean and in good condition. The clothing must suit the environment and the culture where you seek to work. Always wear something a bit nicer than these standards.
#4 Get enough sleep the night before
Since you are prepared have a relaxing evening and do something that will not make you think at the interview of tomorrow.
THE DAYS OF THE INTERVIEW
#5 Exercise that morning
Physical activity is the breakfast of the champion!
You will feel better physically after the sport session, which will make you feel better mentally plus you will project energy and confidence.
Bonus: If you meet a person that loves sport don’t hesitate to subtly say that you love doing sport in the morning and that for instance, you just did!
Second bonus: If you meet a definitely non sport person: don’t say anything
#6 Have a good breakfast
After your sport session, you will need fuel for your day. Plus you don’t want your stomach to make some solo music during the interview, however talented it may be. Don’t overdo the caffeine, it is a stress accelerator.
#7 Reinforce your personal state
You have somebody in your life who strongly believes in you and can make you smile. Contact this person before the interview. I want you to be pumped up before this discussion! Your state is the key, it is more important than your talk. Mojo up!
Listen to music that will energise you and visualise your successful interview.
#8 Arrive at the site between 30 and 20 minutes early
You will have the luxury to cool down. Don’t show up to early at the office of your future employer. 10 minutes early maximum. More than that will give a negative image of your time management.
#9 Arrive at the site between 30 and 20 minutes early
Remember Luke Skywalker in the movie ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Right after seeing his master raising the X-Wing from the swamp, breathlessly said: ‘I don’t believe it’.
Yoda, being brutally honest said: ‘That is why you fail’.
You have to visualise something in your head before being able to achieve it. This technique is proven in the sporting field and is a must.
You need to spend time visualising yourself nailing the interview and then you will tend to do so!
Now you are in the room waiting for your interviewer…
Passionate by the recruitment industry, I am always ready to discuss about the fundamentals and the best practices of the profession. If you are representing a company or an individual, feel free to contact me and we will have a chat!